Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with Artists and Outlaws in New York's Rebel Mecca

Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with Artists and Outlaws in New York's Rebel Mecca

by Ed Hamilton

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Overview

There's a current that courses through the old Chelsea Hotel, an electricity that drives people relentlessly to create. It's an energy that longtime resident and creator of "Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog" Ed Hamilton will tell you often drives inhabitants to madness. In a series of linked cyanide capsules, Legends of the Chelsea Hotel tells the odd, funny, and often tragic truth of the writers, artists, and musicians — the famous and the obscure alike — who have fallen prey to the Chelsea. Readers enter one of Dee Dee Ramone's flashbacks; meet the ghost of author Thomas Wolfe; learn of movie star Ethan Hawke's mystical powers over women; see the ungodly acts allegedly being perpetrated in the basement club Serena's; and feel the dark aura of Room 100, where punk rocker Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend Nancy. Other Chelsea residents past and present who will be included: Ryan Adams, club kid/murderer Michael Alig, Sarah Bernhardt, the Warhol Factory's Richard Bernstein, Victor Bockris, Charles Bukowski, Leonard Cohen, Lesbian activist Storme DeLarverie, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Janis Joplin, Jack Kerouac, Madonna, Edgar Lee Masters, Arthur Miller, Edie Sedgwick, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith, Dylan Thomas, and Rufus Wainwright.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306820007
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/02/2007
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 938,793
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ed Hamilton's fiction has appeared in Modern Drunkard, The River Walk Journal, SoMa Literary Review, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Exquisite Corpse, Southern Ocean Review, Limestone: A Journal of Art and Literature, Lumpen Times, and Best College Stories. Ed contributes the weekly “Slice of Life” column to “Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog” (www.hotelchelseablog.com). He has lived at the Chelsea Hotel for nearly 10 years.

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Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with Artists and Outlaws in New York's Rebel Mecca 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Legends of the Chelsea Hotel, Ed Hamilton, blends snippets of his personal experiences as a long-time resident with legends, vignettes, and stories of some of the hotel¿s well-known figures. Artists, writers, junkies, musicians, con-men (and women), the successful, the unknown, are all represented. Many stories are humorous, others poignant. Creative people diminished by drugs and failure vie with the successful, who often move up and out. A nice look at one segment of the history of creative New York City.
ramseyelk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is not for everybody. However, if you have a great sense of humor and the ability to enjoy a well written story then this book is for you. The author made me feel part of the Chelsea Hotel community for a while.
Colie025 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. I thought sometimes the author was a little bit self-promoting, as if to say he was really awesome for living there. However, it does sound like a fascinating place to live. The "secrets" promised on the cover weren't really shocking. I'm glad I read it, but wouldn't recommend it to others.
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PumpkinSD More than 1 year ago
I was born in chelsea and I always wonder how people felt living in The Chelsea. This book answered my question.